Where can policy wonks and fans of Taylor Swift find common ground? At Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C., of course! This world-renowned wax museum features exhibits that showcase diverse characters, catered to the D.C. market. From the Presidents Gallery to the Civil Rights Room, Madame Tussauds D.C. is filled with political and historical figures. That said, it still has plenty of superstar power in the Glamour Room and the Sports Zone. Fans of the media (including social media!) will get a kick out of the Media Room. Whatever your interests and your inspiration for coming to D.C., you’ll find something exciting at Madame Tussauds.

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Tips for Visiting Madame Tussauds DC

  • Figures are occasionally off the floor for repairs or other work. Remember to check the Figure News section of their website for the most updated information.
  • Be sure to follow Madame Tussauds on social media for information on any new exhibits or exciting developments.
  • Save on admission to Madame Tussauds with a Washington DC Explorer Pass®.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the attraction, so hydrate before you arrive. Alternatively, you can purchase water or snacks at the concessions inside.
  • It takes about an hour and a half to fully explore all of the exhibits, so plan accordingly.
  • Although there are parking garages nearby, we recommend taking the Metro to save money.

When is the best time to visit Madame Tussauds DC?

Because Madame Tussauds is a perennially popular attraction, expect it to be busy year-round. The best time to visit is when it first opens, or in the late afternoon.

What to bring to Madame Tussauds DC?

  • Comfortable shoes
  • A camera that takes good photos indoors
  • Money for the gift shop

What is there to do and see at Madame Tussauds DC?

Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. is divided into several distinct areas, some of which we’ve touched upon above. Here is a more detailed look at the different exhibits.

Presidents Gallery

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There are few places in the country where you can meet all 45 U.S. Presidents at once! With 14 different themed rooms and a comprehensive historical narrative accompanying each figure, you’ll also be treated to an informative and entertaining history lesson.

Civil Rights Room

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Dedicated to the legacy of the significant figures in the Civil Rights Movement, this room is a must-see for history buffs. Featured sculptures include Martin Luther King Jr. (posed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial) and Rosa Parks.

Behind the Scenes

Ever wondered how they make the wax sculptures at Madame Tussauds so lifelike? More importantly, what do you know about Madame Marie Tussaud herself? See a likeness of the famed sculptor and learn all about the techniques she pioneered and which her institution still uses today.

Glamour Room

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It wouldn’t be Madame Tussauds without a little bit of celebrity culture thrown in the mix. This exhibit is designed as D.C.’s “hottest nightclub”. It's filled with today’s hottest celebrities and musical legends from Angelina Jolie to Beyoncé and beyond.

Sports Zone

Who said Washington, D.C. wasn’t a good sports town? Meet local legends like Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin, or practice your golf swing with Tiger Woods. Baseball fans won’t want to miss a chance for a photo opportunity with Babe Ruth, either!

Media Room

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Immerse yourself in the world of 24-hour news media with a visit to the Media Room. Meet television legends like Oprah Winfrey and Katie Couric. Practice your news-casting skills alongside titans like Dan Rather and Larry King. Be sure to devote a little time to hanging out with Stephen Colbert!

What attractions are near Madame Tussauds DC?

Madame Tussauds' convenient Chinatown location puts it within easy walking distance of many other top area attractions. We’ve put together a list of our favorites.

  • The infamous Ford’s Theatre is just steps away.
  • Looking for something spooky? The Museum of Crime and Punishment is right nearby!
  • One of our favorites, the Newseum, is a popular destination among locals and visitors alike.
  • Inspired by the President’s Gallery? Head to the National Portrait Gallery for more Presidential portraiture.
  • If you’ve got time for a show, attend a play at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Where is there to eat near Madame Tussauds DC?

Again, location helps a lot. You’re near tons of great restaurant options from wide variety of cuisines. Check out these options, or explore to find your own.

  • Cuba Libre is a popular destination for rum and authentic Cuban cuisine.
  • In a pizza mood? Matchbox has deliciously crispy brick-oven pizza.
  • Award-winning chef José Andrés will make you smile at the Mediterranean Zaytinya.
  • If you’re looking for a classic tourist experience, the Hard Rock Café is also in the neighborhood.
  • Old Ebbitt Grill is a popular brunch place among locals.
  • Traveling with kids? Chef Geoff’s offers creative and family-friendly American fare.
  • Are you a beer lover? Head to City Tap House.

Need to Know


Hours vary seasonally: Madame Tussauds is typically open at 10AM every day, but closing times vary between 5PM-8PM. Check the attraction website for the opening and closing times for the day you intend to visit.

Address & Directions

1001 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004 Public Transportation (Metro): Metro Center (Red/Blue/Orange/Silver) or Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red/Yellow/Green). For more information on Metrorail schedules and trains, visit the WMATA website. For more information about traveling to the attraction, parking, and other details, visit the attraction website.

Save on Admission

So what are you waiting for? Head to Madame Tussauds DC right away! And remember, with the Washington DC Explorer Pass® you can save up to 40% on combined admission to Madame Tussauds DC, plus many more top D.C. attractions. Washington DC Explorer Pass